Baby bulge? Looking longingly at your pre-maternity wear and wondering if you'll ever fit into your Levis again? Why not try out a Power Pramming class? It's sociable, it's outdoors, and what's more, you can chat for England with other new mums...
Fitness for New Mums
Outdoor group classes for new mums started in the UK about 3 years ago, when Emma Redding, a 37 year old mum of 2 from Thame, Oxfordshire, set up a company called Buggyfit. "I had put on 4st when pregnant with my first son, and I felt desperate that I couldn't get any help in losing weight. I joined a gym but found it hard to fit in around my new role as a mum. Then I started thinking, maybe doing fitness stuff around my baby with other mums might work."
New mums need to be careful though. You can't exercise for 6 weeks after giving birth naturally; for 10 if you have had a C-section. "It's really important you go and train with someone who is qualified to teach post natal exercise," says Liz Stuart, who runs Power Pramming classes in London, similar to Buggyfit's programme. "You need to wear a sports bra, especially if still nursing, and be careful with your joints." Don't rush to get the weight off either, says Liz. "Celebrity mums have childcare help on tap; normal women can't hope to exercise intensively and not get exhausted. It's natural to lose the weight gradually, starting off slowly, and building up to an hour's exercise, 3 or 4 times a week." What You'll Need:
- A good sports bra
- Appropriate trainers – in winter and in summer
- Light layers and a kagoul in winter; T-shirt and shorts in summer
- Lots of water
- Sunscreen for the baby or layers – remember to feed him or her before your class...